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CSPAN
Dec 3, 2012 11:00pm EST
sandy has affected us in delaware compared to our neighbors to the north. we are doing okay. this sandy didn't spare delaware and we have produced beyond our state's ability to provide. from the moment it is clear we are in the storm's path, i've been grateful for the work of governor jack martel and his entire team. state, county, local officials, first responders, american red cross, national guard, many volunteers are hoped to protect the residents as it approached and well after it passed. president obama, fema, the rest of the administration's team working hand in glove with their state team. in this case there was really a team. as i like to say there is no i in the word team. i should have the army corps of engineers has been particular in responding to hurricane sandy. over the years, funded by a series of storm protection projects in maryland are polite, robust and strong, healthy systems. these types of projects criticized at the time by some on my opinion because they performed exceptionally well during sandy black hundreds of millions, maybe billions of dollars in damage. as
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
to discuss the life and work of an exceptional american, dr. sandy greenberg, who is here with us today in the senate gallery along with his wife sue and his sister brenda even as we speak. sandy in my view, is an honorary delawarean because he spends a month out of every year at one of our most beautiful delaware beaches, rehoboth beach. but he's much more than that, a successful businessman and if i than throw pivot -- philanthropist, he has a wide array of business interests. he's a pioneer in the use of technology and medicine and helped bring telemedicine to rural health care facilities as chairman of the rural health care corporation. he was appointed by president clinton to the board of the national science foundation. and as a young man, he took a break from his studies at columbia where he roomed with art garfunkel to work in the nixon white house. all of this makes a substantive, meaningful contribution to our country. but there is one thing i have not yet mentioned. at the young age of 19, sandy went blind. he lost his sight, and with that all likely hope of a successful comp
CSPAN
Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST
storm sandy. i wanted to document floor specifically as chair -- i wanted to come to the floor specifically as the chair of the homeland security subcommittee which has jurisdiction over fema. i understand the other chairs of the appropriations committee has come down, whether for the corps of engineers mitigation issues in this bill or fishery issues, the subject of senator mikulski's committee; or housing and urban development, community block grants -- that's in h.u.d. -- or transportation under the jurisdiction of senator murray's committee. i'm honored to be the chair of the homeland security appropriations committee for several years ago and am proud that some of the reforms that we've put into place were actually seeing the -- we're actually seeing the benefits of today as our first responders respond to literally the worst disaster to hit the northeast in 50 years. and i wanted to just address a few things and to clarify some numbers for the record. despite the fact that hurricane sandy, mr. president, is not on the news every night and cnn is not broadcasting from the
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
the disaster caused by hurricane sandy. i know in a number of states, unprecedented devastation has occurred and we should respond extremely quickly, more quickly than we have. and i hope the house will immediately take up this -- this package. certainly, disaster relief delayed is disaster relief denied. so i hope the house will, indeed, move extremely quickly to address the devastation throughout the northeast. mr. president, i also wanted to note that tonight, 55 senators stood up and said as we assist the victims of hurricane sandy, we should also assist the victims of unprecedented drought and fires that devastated much of our country this last summer. how is it, you might wonder, that we had devastating fires in july and august and into september, devastating drought, and we still haven't approved the disaster assistance? well, i would say it's 100% unacceptable. if you lost your ranch in a fire, if you lost your fencing, if you lost your livestock, and the program that would have helped, that has always been in place for disaster assistance wasn't reauthorized, then you've been strand
CSPAN
Dec 17, 2012 12:00pm EST
're slated to begin work on a bill offering additional funding for victims of hurricane sandy that would provide an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the national flood insurance program which is now capped at $20.7 billion. it would also provide the requested $11.5 billion for the fema disaster relief fund, and it also includes some mitigation measures for future disasters. also we expect later debate today on a couple of judicial nominations. earlier this afternoon south carolina governor nikki haley announced she's selected freshman congressman tim scott to fill the seat being vacated by senate jim demint. senator demint leaving to become the president to have heritage foundation, and we'll take a look at what governor haley had to say now. [background sounds] >> good morning, and it is, um, a great day in south carolina. it's a historic day in south carolina because, um, you know, first of all, we all were saddened and surprised when senator demint told us that he was not going to continue in the u.s. senate, but i will tell you as i've told many people, that the her
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
after a storm as devastating as hurricane sandy. and it's important to understand -- i think that many things have whopped the ability of the states and local communities to deal with some of the effects of this. that is why the sandy emergency supplemental is before us attached to h.r. 1 and why we will be voting on that, i assume, tomorrow. there are two versions before us. one is the senate democrats emergency supplemental proposal. that totals $60.4 billion. it includes nearly $13 billion in mitigation funding. now, that goes for the next storm, not this storm. $3.46 billion for army corps of engineers, $500 million of which are projects from previous disasters, $3 billion to rare or replace federal assets that do not fall in the category of emergency need, $56 million for tsunami cleanup on the west coast, which, of course, does not relate to sandy, and a lot of new authorizing language for reform of disaster relief programs which i would support through the regular process. but without having gone through the authorizing committee, i don't think that's a good idea. our proposed a
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at 3:00 p.m. eastern in the oval office. senate in recess until 2:00 p.m. eastern when the senate reconveneses, live coverage here on c-span2. >>> and right now on c-span2 a conversation with nebraska senator ben nelson who is retiring after two terms. >>> retiring senator nebraska ben tell me sop. years that began with the 2003 recount and reended with re-election of president obama. if you could think of the adjective to describe these years what would it be? >> clearly interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. but also full of opportunities for the country. there was some good times during the twelve years laced together with some that weren't so good. 9/11, the anthrax scare. there were positive things as well, the election of president obama, i thought it was a positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way that we
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
intelligence surveillance act, the others that $60 billion relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. the house reconvenes at 2:00 p.m. eastern. house leaders have not release the schedule of legislative activity for tomorrow. live coverage from the house floor on c-span and senate live on c-spanat 2. c-span2. >> united states discovered surveillance flights and the tension builds that we have a quarantine or blockade around cuba and one of the things that happened in that time is a soviet submarine is found by american ships and they dropped depth charges on the soviet submarine. they knocked out the electrical system. carbon dioxide was rising. people were passing out inside the submarine. no communications with the kremlin. the commander of the submarine says load the torpedoes, outlets attack. the war probably started already. we are not going to do somersaults when the war started. we're not going to disgrace the country so launch the nuclear torpedo. they said it ready to launch. fortunately one of the other commanders with a lower rank talked him out of it. he might have saved
CSPAN
Dec 17, 2012 11:00pm EST
sandy on small businesses. >> senator daniel inouye died today of competitions in washington. senator inouye was a world war ii veteran, a medal of honor recipient, and the longest serving sitting u.s. senator. he was 80 years old. >> if we turn away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces which are bringing an end to suffering. >> what happened, we ought to take advantage of it. >> obesity is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> i think that they serve as a window on the past. what was going on with american women. >> she is really one of the few that we can trust. many of the women who were first ladies were writers and journalists and they will both. >> in many cases, they are more interesting as human beings. if only because they are not first and foremost to find as limited by political ambition. >> dolly madison was loving every minute of it. >> you can't rule without including what women want and have to contribute director in a statement, you are a little breathless. and too much looking down. and i think it was a little too fast. not enough chang
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 11:00pm EST
hearing that the damage caused by hurricane sandy and the government recovery efforts. it will hear testimony. first, a panel of senators from states affected by the storm. just over two hours. >> could morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. a hearing on the recovery challenges before us to the super storm sandy. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricane sandy which struck the northeastern united states in october 29 asked to largest storm system in u.s. history clearing the lives of more than 120 americans, destroying over 340,000 homes and over 200,000 possesses and leaving more than a half million families without power, he, or running water for weeks. i understand in a few neighborhoods and a few buildings in new york and new jersey that still is the case. the scale of this disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges, and a successful recovery will require a sustained effort from government, private sector, and volunteer organizations. by and large the federal gunman response to hurricane sandy has
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 8:00pm EST
all for joining us today to discuss the small business administration's response to hurricane sandy. the president's recent supplement tal request in this space and state local and small business recovery effortings in the impact, i would like to thank our witnesses that will be testifying in a moment. i'll introduce them in just a moment. but let me make a couple of brief openings statements. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery effort in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, which struck the northeastern united states on october 29th, is the largest size storm system in u.s. history. hurricane sandy claimed the lives of 1323 americans, damaging and destroying more than 651,000 homes, and 459,000 businesses. leaving more than 8.5 million families without power, heat, or running water. most of the water and electricity and power grid has been turned on. yet i understand there are communities that are challenged. the scale of the disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges and successful recovery will require a sustained effort on the part of
CSPAN
Dec 25, 2012 1:45pm EST
have to model allows people to get that for example, hurricane sandy 80 people are not happy with what he something like that that inner-city when you are living in a tent. there is something like 74,000 acres of land we are still going dealing with a very urgent and difficult situation in haiti. >> host: where did your book, "so spoke the earth" come from? >> guest: it came from women writers of haitian descent. it is the navigation of patients to tell their stories and these groups of women, the edited this anthology. it is "so spoke the earth: the haiti i knew, the haiti i know, the haiti i want to know." different women talk about this. it is a trilingual anthology in english, french, and creole. it's generational. we talk about the people who were surviving it. we talk about their friends and neighbors. there is an opportunity for people who don't know much about haiti to get to know katie through a variety of women writers wasted. >> host: is creole very different from french? >> guest: creel -- creole is a language of its own. it came from the french, spanish, english, all of th
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
of fema testifies on capitol hill about the government's response to hurricane sandy. and later, senate debate on the u.n. treaty for the disabled. ♪ ♪ >> this weekend on c-span3's american history tv, follow harry truman easeleddest grandson to hiroshima as the city prepared to mark the bombing of the city in 1945. >> you know, everybody has their own view what happened, and i, i don't, i don't want to argue survival with anyone in japan about the history. i think we're past that. my whole purpose for being here is to listen, to honor the dead, to listen to the living and to see -- to do what i can to see this doesn't happen again. >> clifton truman daniel will join us sunday at 9 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> now, a discussion of how the military and national security might be affected by spending cuts scheduled to take effect the first of the year. part of the so-called fiscal cliff. former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, was joined by the chairmen of the senate house armed services committee. this is a little less than an hour. >> good afternoon. thank
CSPAN
Dec 19, 2012 12:00pm EST
isaac left hundreds of thousands of acres under water. hurricane sandy has caused destruction like nothing we could have imagined. as i said, i saw that damage up close for hurricane sandy. weather disasters have destroyed millions of acres of farmland and affected millions of families in every state and corner of this country. we're considering a disaster bill today. the farm bill is a disaster bill because it not only has disaster assistance, but it creates five-year certainty for our growers, who deserve it. they deserve to know what's going to be happening. they deserve to know so they can go into their bank, they can talk about their financing for the coming crop year and be able to plan as well as get immediate help. now, i support passing a disaster bill. and agriculture should be a part of this. but it's not enough. we need to do that and we need to have a five-year farm bill in order to create the certainty that we need. we have spent so much time focusing on how we move forward with agriculture today and create the right kind of risk management tools for the future, and i
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
made in responding to hurricane sandy as well as the challenges we face in supporting the long-term recovery of the nation. i knew closely follow reports of the storm's impact on the region. this obviously heard about that today from the first witnesses. you heard about the many injuries and tragic loss of life as well as massive flooding cover structural damage in power outages. a somewhat deeper scum i've been particularly affected by the storms devastation as many friends and colleagues are still dealing with the aftermath. for this reason i'm especially honored to have the opportunity to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts and pleased to be here today. having made several visits to the affected area since the storm hit, putting trips to the president and secretary napolitano and sebelius, had the opportunity to see firsthand the damage and speak with a local officials and most importantly residents about their needs. the conversation serves as a constant reminder that while this is a disaster of epic portions, the suffering is on a personal level affecting families an
CSPAN
Dec 19, 2012 9:00am EST
in for the day. lawmakers will continue work on a relief package for states affected by hurricane sandy, and funding for victims. we're expecting retiring senators kay bailey hutchison and jon kyl to come to the floor to give their farewell addresses. we could also hear more tribute speeches to why senator daniel inouye who passed away on monday. it was announced yesterday he will lie in state and u.s. capitol rotunda for public viewing thursday. and now live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain dr. barry black will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god of love, may your presence fill our lawmakers with your wisdom and power. may your wisdom lead them away from the pitfalls of delayed obedience so that they will seek to promptly do your will. make them a source of strength direct their actions, motivate their hearts, as they seek to begin this day with an unreserved commitment to you. god, give them your supernatural power, wisdom and guidance. for you know them, their needs, their motives,
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2012 8:30pm EST
to represent communities that were the most impacted by destruction left in the wake of superstrong sandy. many communities in the eastern half of our nation were devastated by sandy. countless homes destroyed more than 120 people lost their lives and as representatives of the people affect it, i know our witnesses today will give us clear and graphic testimony that we truly understand what extreme weather can do. certainly we know senators landrieu and vitter brought it home to us in katrina, that these events are happening more and more often and we have to focus on what it means to her people. many of our fellow citizens have a long road ahead to rebuild their lives and their communities. we have a duty to be by their site during this difficult time in the months to come. this year we'll create a record which has jurisdiction over flood control and other related issues. we'll explore how we can prevent or mitigate the incredible destruction and future extreme weather events as we take a the way we go. there's a photo we have from nasa and it illustrates why superstrong sandy is ranked as one
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am EST
guests today, admiral sandy winfield, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, our keynote speaker. were also honored to have with us general px kelley, former commandant of the marine corps, also chairman of the american battle monuments commission who played a major role in helping establish his very special monument. [applause] >> also come it's always good to have superintendent bill vogel, our cohost for this to work together. a special honor to have and he's with us, director of -- dan hayes with us, director of the film "honor flight" which many of you will be able to see tonight at constitutional hall. there are many, many other distinguished guests have come today to help give it there is osha welcome to our honored guests, pearl harbor survivors, and all of our world war ii veterans, and your families. and a very warm welcome to all veterans and all their families that are with us. and a special thank you to those serving in our armed forces and their families. what a magnificent job they've done in iraq, and are doing in afghanistan. their performance of duty has been ma
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 9:30pm EST
: sandy dedell smith is a guest. "elizabeth the queen" is the topic. we will begin with a caller from new york. >> caller: my question is with this band of the queen elizabeth's reign one of the longest in the history of the u.k. with all the prime minister's she has worked with how has that impacted her as a queen from your knowledge? >>guest: she has a vast store of information. she does not have the ideological filter. she takes things and and why she is so valuable to the people who come to her for confidentiality. prime ministers meet with her for one hour every week but others, she has the wisdom as well as a body of knowledge and an extraordinary memory for things. when public officials come to her to ask for guidance, they always remark, even if they are skeptical with a private audience, and nobody else is in the room to record which gives them freedom to say what is on their mind. harold wilson, a labor prime minister in the '70s is hard to say but she had an affectionate relationship with him. the private secretary said he considered her to be a very astute diplomat of the poli
CSPAN
Dec 1, 2012 9:30pm EST
to forget that for example, hurricane sandy went through haiti and people in the northeast now have a sense what it wase like.ple, imagine something like thaticane going through your neighborhood, your city when you're living in a tent. there's something like 74,000th acre or more of land that hashe been the harvest, you know. more problems ahead that have grown as a result of the earth spooking, if you will, with the hurricane. you have more food insecurity. a number of cholera cases have increased with hurricane sandy. we're dealing and people tend to forget we are -- canceling canceling with urgent and difficult situation in haiti. >> where did "so spoke the earth: the haiti i knew, the haiti i know, the haiti i want to know" come from? >> it is anin wy difcu anthologs edited by a group of women here >> miami of women writers called women writers of haitianf decedent.o wr one of theer intellectual wrote. book "so spoke the uncle" he advocated for haitians to take control of their stories, to tell their stories "barack obama: the stories" of their lives at literature and those women, the
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 11:00pm EST
for what is going forward. and then you throw in things like sandy and natural disasters and it's hard to prepare for that. >> that's another one. all three of you were on the ground on election day. i was on the ground. we did a story on people monitoring the polls. what were the most surprising or possibly disturbing things you saw on election day itself? >> first of all, we're a nonpartisan organization so we're not on either side of the aisle. we're just making sure american voters can vote, and that's something people from all political parties should support. one of the great american values is the right to vote and whoeverrorrer voting for, if you disagree, you should vote. everyone should hold that ideal and working in a system where you're eligible and can vote, you're able to you heard among all three of us that kind of -- i hope we can come to a consensus on that. something that was somewhat surprising to us but wasn't really -- and i think it's disturbing -- is that a lot of the same problems we have seen in past elections we saw this year. there was a lot of conversation a
CSPAN
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
't been the type of investment made that needs to be made. we've all pointed to superstorm sandy, and fortunately the tunnel connecting new jersey and new york, even though it flooded, it did not breach. and that is huge. a lot of times people talk about the tunnel and the gateway project, new york to new jersey project, it is a corridor project. if the tunnel had collapsed, just think of what would have happened in the northeast. not the northeast corridor, but in the northeast. it would have paralyzed the region and the country. and we need those investments and additional titles in baltimore, in new york, improvements on the bridges in connecticut to make this system to attract the ridership that we need to make that, those cost savings and that calculation work. >> i guess what i'm referring to also is the fact that the $4 billion in revenue that is projected, that's just one number, one benefit, one source. it's certainly far from what we should be talking about obvious. everybody knows that, but the more you can give us, the more you can parse this, different angles you mig
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 12:00pm EST
relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. and negotiations on the fiscal cliff continue and debate on a deal is possible in either the house or the senate once it's announced. >> the senate is running a little bit behind schedule. senators were expected back in for a brief pro forma session about ten minutes ago at noon eastern time. in the meantime, a look ahead to tomorrow morning's "washington journal." a look at the biggest foreign policy events of 2012, our guest is ely lake of news week and the daily beast. then the biggest political stories of 2012. we'll look at that with juan williams. "washington journal" starts every morning at 7 eastern on c-span. >> as we wait for this pro forma session to get under way, some information about programming happening the day after christmas. c-span spoke with two retiring lawmakers, congressman dan burton and senator kent conrad. mr. burton, an indiana republican, served in congress for 30 years, and in the 1990s chaired the house oversight committee. senator conrad, the north dakota democrat, has been in office for 20 years a
CSPAN
Dec 17, 2012 5:00pm EST
shooter at sandy hook elementary school in you intown, connecticut. it's heartbreaking to listen to the stories of innocent lives cut cruelly short. the pain and grief of the families and friends of these students and teachers are unimaginable. i just want to echo some of the comments that senator durbin made and senator leahy made. we know that the teachers and the aides put their life on the line in order to try to save children. the unbelievable task of the first responders coming to the scene, not knowing what they would find, we send our prayers to all. this is a tragedy beyond words, and i think president obama said it best last night that our hearts are broken. but as senator durbin has said and senator leahy, i particularly want to thank you, we need to take action. congress needs to come together and take action to protect the safety of our children. we must do better. there have been too many episodes in which children's lives and others have been lost that we must figure out ways to do things, to act to prevent these types of tragedies. this conversation must include a
CSPAN
Dec 17, 2012 8:00pm EST
't have a future. you know, i think we have just seen, for example, with hurricane sandy, when all of the broadband networks fail, the constant is broadcast radio and television. the people can get it on a mobile device, they can see this stuff live. sometimes that information is transmitted and can be a matter of life or death. >> guest: do you think it's not enough to come forward that the wireless industry will look to congress to say something mandatory to for some of the broadcast to open up more spectrum's? >> we have to be prepared for that. i think that is certainly a possibility. but at the end of the day, i think it has to be the future of broadcast and broadband. if it is just one, it will fail the american people. for example, sports teams or any bowl game that he wanted to watch that wasn't broadcast, you better have the right cable channel or subscription. you better be paying your bill or you won't be able to watch the game. i don't think the american people wanted go there. but. >> host: there were figures that look at broadcast television. a total of 5.8 million ho
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
, and recognizing executive director, and his people for keeping this event on track, despite sandy trying to stop us. they deserve our thanks and praise. i have to tell you -- [applause] i have to tell you, i'm energized by this honor. billy thing i've ever wanted to do in my life is have a good time writing stories. this award tells me i'm still at it. thank you. [applause] >> himr. leonard, i'm sitting aa table with walter mosley and he would like you to know that he sat through the big bounce and enjoyed it. he may have been in a marijuana tent, i'm not sure. [laughter] if you haven't ever read elmore leonard's 10 tips for writing, it will take you to second. do it tomorrow, to announce during dinner on your your smartphones. number 10 is my favorite. from elmore leonard, 10 tips for writing, try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. [laughter] and that's why that man walked off the stage with a medal. it is time to enjoy your dinner. while you're doing it a want you to please consider this to a measure of all of you not a process work in which tonight winners get chosen. what happ
CSPAN
Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm EST
throughout the day package for hurricane sandy victims. live now to the floor of the u.s. senate. to know him and blessed by his sacrifice in defense of american freedom. we served together on the armed services committee and then on the appropriations committee as well. danny's insight was invaluable to our nation's defense and military policy. he did america stronger. i had the pleasure of working with him when we traveled together to bosnia to visit our troops in the very early stages of that conflict. we later went to the middle east on a codel with senator stevens as well. one of the pictures in my offices is senator stevens, senator inouye, senator snowe and myself in our helmets and flak jackets the first time we flew into sarajevo in the early 1990's when the serbs had still been shooting from the hills into the airport. mr. president, in 1995, on the 50th anniversary of world war ii, senator inouye and a number of other world war ii veterans gathered at the smithsonian to reminisce about their time in battle. senator inouye recalled the morning of december 7 at pearl harbor when he r
CSPAN
Dec 20, 2012 12:00pm EST
do have a big disaster like sandy, we've almost always spent all the money because it was pretty easy to have a governor ask for a disaster and the president to declare it, and then the money is gone. fema primarily relied on the per capita damage indicator as the criteria rather than whether or not the local community really had the resources to deal with this on its own. there was no specific criteria in fema to decide at what point we paid various percentages up to 100% coming from the federal government, and the fema administrative costs from 1989 to 2011 had doubled. it had increased from 9% of every disaster to an average of 18% of every disaster. so g.a.o. recommended that we look -- do several things. that fema develop a methodology to more accurately assess what a jurisdiction was able to do, that we develop criteria to know when the federal government should accept all of the obligation, 100% of the adjusted cost, and that we implement new goals to track why these costs of administering disasters were going up so dramatically. so hopefully we can do that, we can look at the
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
from hurricane sandy. it was the worst destruction in 108 years of our transportation system, but because of their hard work our trains are up and running again. in tough economic times, it is critically important to make needed investments that will modernize our aging infrastructure, advance our mass transit systems and strengthen our communities and work force. high-speed rail can play a central role in helping america keep its competitive edge in a global economy. by comparison to rail systems in the rest of the world, our trains crawl along. as the chairman has pointed out, even our most ambitious plans aren't even anywhere near truly high-speed rail. acela averages only 83 miles an hour while some european and asian trains race by at more than 180 miles per hour. the connection between two major business districts in our country, between boston and new york, it inches along at 68 hours -- miles per hour. and imagine if we could cut that and speed that up how those business districts would boom and expand with a more efficient and productive economy. where once american
CSPAN
Dec 19, 2012 8:00pm EST
as the nation will always remember the victims of sandy hook elementary school. i know it means when someone close to you is suddenly taken away in an unspeakable way. my family was touched by the brutal mass shooting at a loppers in san francisco in 1993. where a crazed gunman with an assault weapon killed eight people and wounded another six people. one of those people was a brave young lawyer who threw his body over his life to save hers. that young man was one of my sons best friends. i can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt how these horrific and senseless tragedies live on forever. the parents and spouses and children, their families, it changes their lives forever. since 1999, which was the year of the massacre at columbine high school, we have tried to talk about this. 250 students, teachers, and others, have been killed in school shootings. another 212 have been wounded. due to gun violence in our schools. i will break down just some of those. a 2005 shooting at red lake high school in minnesota left five people injured. an amish schoolhouse shooting in pennsylvania in 2006 left it
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00pm EST
"response activities for hurricane sandy" and replaces it with "purposes provided herein." a minor -- small verbal change. but response activities has unlimited meaning. this change does clarify that funds may be used to cover additional recovery and related costs connected to hurricane sandy. second it adds the phrase "to make grants" to clarify that the department of h.h.s. has specific grant-making authority for renovating, repairing and rebuilding nonfederal facilities involved in n.i.h. research. for example an academic center of excellence well known for its work particularly in cancer research will have the opportunity to rebuild. i recommend the support of this amendment. senator shelby has signed off on it. i believe it is not controversial. c.b.o. says it does not adversely -- it does not score at all. and i understand that the minority staff on labor-h.h.s. has also signed off on those changes. mr. president, that amendment too will be voted on tomorrow if not accepted. tonight we're just not accepting amendments and we're not voice voting them. i also want to note that we have t
CSPAN
Dec 19, 2012 5:00pm EST
've had a number of those. katrina stands in our minds, but irene and on and on it goes -- sandy being the latest. and this one was truly of monumental proportion and create add lot of damage. and, therefore, a federal response is needed and necessary, if we're going to begin to have an adequate recovery, get people back too work and back in their homes, businesses up and growing again and working. and the bill that is currently on the floor for us here attem attempts to do that. now, some of us were somewhat staggered by the initial number, $60.4 billion. that may not be enough. that may be too much. but in the short amount of time that we've had to try to put all the estimates together in terms of what might be needed, what we have -- senate republican appropriations members attempted to do is separate that from what is immediately needed -- immediate laid being from the time of the storm through march 27 -- to attend to those first responders, those initial responses that need to take place, the whole raft of things that run the gamut from debris cleanup to repairing damaged and flo
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't interfere with the incentive auction. .. communications performance reliability in the wake of sandy is a great importance. that's why my democratic colleagues, sent a letter to you requesting a hearing following this storm. it seems communication services fail to perform as needed during and after the storm, power outage and floods disrupted many types of communication including wireless, tv, telephone and internet services. according to the fcc the storm knocked out a quarter of the cell towers in an area spreading across 10 states living millions of users unable to make calls. i have three questions i wanted to ask chairman genachowski. first, what are you doing to ensure the reliability of the commute issue networks during and after natural disasters? more specifically, what efforts are underway at the fcc to identify and highlight best practices, and where necessary, to address potential vulnerabilities in our communications infrastructure? all that in a minute or two. >> let me try to cover a little bit of ground. the devastation in new jersey in that region was tremendous, and
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Dec 24, 2012 7:15am EST
with hurricane sandy last week in new york, two weeks ago now, when all of lower manhattan was dark except for the goldman sachs tower because of the effort put into insuring that their infrastructure is as robust and fail-safe as possible. >> host: so, andrew blum, why is it that goldman sachs had that electricity and power going on when, like you said, the rest of manhattan, 60 hudson street being dark? did 60 hudson go down as well? because i know we had a lot of problems even sending e-mails from new york to washington and getting those connectioned. >> yeah. 60 hudson like, essentially, every other pay your internet building in new york, switched over successfully to diesel power. the week before last the internet in new york ran on diesel. it was just as simple as that. they all have these backup generators. when you visit one of these big internet buildings, there's always the point in the tour when you come to the school bus, this kind of hot, still room filled with an enormous, you know, perhaps four megawatt diesel generator. and last week in the case of 60 hudson, in the case of
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Dec 1, 2012 5:30pm EST
. the reason superstorm sandy cause such damage in the northeast of the united states was not exclusively related to environmental policies and actions taken in the united states of america. .. and the course of civilization and the history of civilization and taking government from small tribes and villages to cities and states, to nationstates, is too broader and broader societal groupings, because our economy is extended across the borders and our travel is extended across the borders and the risks we face came from beyond those borders so it's only natural that over time, we will develop stronger global institutions because we face more shared problems with all of those people. i can add one last thing. remember the beginning of the united states of america. the economy of the southern northern states was very very different and evey today, the economy in montana im very different from the economy and lower manhattan. and we found a way to deal with that and to regulate it. the same is true in europe in the same is true in china and the same is true in india and brazil. india. same is
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. and, you know, i think we've just seen, for example, in sandy, the hurricane, when all of the broadband networks fail, the constant is broadcast radio and television. and if people have got electricity or if they can get it on a mobile device, they can see this stuff live. and sometimes that information that is transmitted can be a matter of life and death. >> do you think that, um, if not enough channels broadcasters come forward to volunteer spectrum, that the broadcast industry will look to congress to maybe put something in place mandatory to maybe force some of our smaller broadcasters to get out of the game and open up more spectrum? >> guest: you know, we have to be prepared for that. i think that that's certainly a possibility,, um, at the end of the day i think the world of tomorrow has to be a future of broadcast and broadband, and if it's just one, it will fail the american people. and if it's just one, all of the other public values like decency, like localism, like free, that goes away. and so when you want to, for example, if you're a sports team, if your
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Dec 20, 2012 5:00pm EST
not really an emergency, but for the emergency, i don't hear anybody wanting money for sandy any different than any other emergency, and i hope nobody is saying that sandy ought to be treated differently than an earthquake in california or a hurricane in the south or tornadoes in the midwest or droughts wherever they might happen. and i haven't surmised that's what they're trying to do. if they are, they hadn't shouldn't say that sandy ought to be treated differently than a different disaster because generally a disaster is a disaster, whether it's earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or sandy. so the money's going to be there and will be there on time. and you don't know exactly one month after a disaster exactly how much money is needed. in fact, they asked from the governors of those states for $80 billion. the president sent up $64 billion. some people in our area of expertise on this in our caucus have said there are certain things that aren't authorized, so that shouldn't be expended and then i point out about some vehicles that can't be purchased right now to do the good that t
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Dec 21, 2012 7:00pm EST
, the media called me crazy. but what if, what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he'd been confronted by qualified, armed security? will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? is it so abhorrent to you that you'd rather continue to risk the alternative? is the press and the political class here in washington, d.c. so consumed by fear and hatred of the nra and american gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is alone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life, her life to shield those children in her care? no one, no one regardless of personal political prejudice has the right to impose that sacrifice. ladies and gentlemen, there's no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. but do know this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year's budget and scrapped secure our schools policing grants in next year's budget. with all the foreign aid the united states does, w
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Dec 23, 2012 5:00pm EST
they as much as inner-city people talk about under these definitions on a daily basis during hurricane sandy i was blown away by the extraordinary kindness people showed to their neighbors. when i was then a tough neighborhood a disabled woman rolled up to say i will give you two cases of water. she said i need them. i said you would be delivering water in your neighborhood? she said yes. we check out. we should have delivered water to hear -- to gerber she was delivering it to others. that is the degree of expression of humanity. i do know when somebody does something like that it inspires other people why when pitcher of a cop giving shoes become viral? we hunger for that. ways the uptick of giving during christmas time? the infectious spirit that should not be just one month per year. if every single day we instruct others we all carry a toxin and we should not keep it for ourselves. somebody banished my cynicism. just negative 20 somethings i remember this pool of slush then i see an older african-american woman pushing a cart i said i will go help this woman of course. then this guide jum
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Dec 23, 2012 10:00pm EST
with her cane sandy of those in new jersey and staten island can also unfortunately relate to to this challenge. what do you do? whether we come to the story line with that connection we all have disasters. and the unexpected moments when suddenly things are not the same. we are in a new paradigm. how do we survive? this moment of crisis will test us. instincts, loyalties, faith in ourselves, creativity, he motions and certainly our courage. may 16, 1874 a reservoir dam gave way in western massachusetts to a nation in and tidal wave that was between 20 and 40 feet high and 300 feet wide and came down a 14-mile valley swept through williamsburg williamsburg, skinnerville, florence and new hampton. to give a sense of the power to appreciate the time it took to pass through portions of the valley. in the lower portion the land was turned into a plane and it took an hour and a half to fled northampton to flood into the connecticut river. in the of the region's the 600 million gallons of water went through a williamsburg williamsburg, skinnerville and hated bill 15 minutes each.
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Dec 18, 2012 8:00pm EST
. as the details mounted, left hartford to go to noun, and to the firehouse in sandy hook. i arrived there as a public official, but what i saw was through the eyes of a parent. the firehouse in sandy hook is where parents went to find out if their children were okay. the way they found out was that their children appeared or they didn't. and after a while, some of the children came, some were reunited with the parents there or at the school, and their parents took them home, and others did not. i will live forever with the sights and sounds of those parents as they emerged from the firehouse. the cries and sobbing, cries of grief and anguish, the look on those faces, the murderer blasted his way into the elementary school in sandy hook armed with a bush haven'ter ar-15, an assault rifle. a 10-millimeter glock pistol, and a nine millimeter sig sauer, and with multiple magazines, filled with ten, 15, 30 rounds, hundreds of rounds, that he used in an execution style massacre. wayne car very, the state medical examiner for connecticut, has been on that job for more than 30 years. he has
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Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm EST
area. as the details not take, that hartford checotah newton into the firehouse in sandy hook. i arrived there is a public official, but what i saw was through the eyes of a parent. the firehouse in sandy hook is where parents went to find out if their children were okay. the way they found out was that their children it. or they didn't and after a while, some of the children came from a summer with their parents there or at school and their parents took them home and others did not. i will live forever with the sight and sound of those parents as they emerge from the firehouse. the cries and sobbing of grief in english, the look on those faces. the murderer blasted its way into the elementary school in sandy hook armed with a bushmaster aars 15 assault rifle come a 10-millimeter glock pistol and a nine millimeters six-hour and with multiple magazines filled with 10, 15, 30 rounds, hundreds of rounds that he used in an execution style massacre. wayne carver, who is the state radical examiner for connecticut has been in that job for more than 30 years. he has seen it all, beatty s
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Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
in aid to farmers. this is in addition to the destruction caused by hurricane sandy, the largest hurricane ever to form in the atlantic basin. it's estimated that sandy will cost almost $80 billion in federal funding for the replacement of homes, infrastructure, and buildings. combined, the drought and sandy will cost the federal government tens of billions of dollars at a time when we're talking about our debt. it's the job of congress and the administration to help these americans in time of need, make no mistake about it. we should. we will. but we need to be honest about how we plan for disaster spending. according to a report by the g.a.o. in september, there have been over 540 disaster declarations in the last eight years requiring over $90 billion in federal aid. it's time we face facts and state the obvious -- weather is getting worse. extreme weather events are happening with increased frequency and intensity. i held a hearing last year to talk about this issue, to examine whether the federal government is really prepared for this. the answer is no. i didn't bring in the
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm EST
network and that is true in a slightly different from with hurricane sandy last week in new york, when all of lower manhattan was dark except for the goldman sachs tower because of the effort put into ensuring that their infrastructure is as robust an fail-safe as possible. >> host: andrew plumb, why is it the goldman sachs had that electricity and power going on when like you said the rest of manhattan, 60 hudson st., being dark. did 60 hudson go down as well because they know we had a lot of problems even sending e-mails to new york from washington and getting those connected. >> guest: yeah, 60 hudson like essentially every other major internet building in new york switched over in the case of hudson switched over to diesel power. the week before last it ran on diesel. it was as simple as that. they all have backup generators. when you get one of these big internet buildings there is a point in the tour when you come to a school bus, hot room filled with four-megawatt eagle generator and last week in the case of 60 hudson and 111, eighth avenue another important internet hub, building o
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Dec 25, 2012 12:00am EST
reminded of that of late. in the wake of hurricane sandy, many of us faced days without power, and when our laptops and ipads and ereaders ran out of battery life, we turned to books. reading them by candlelight. [applause] >> no matter how clever, convenient, or cutting edge digital media becomes in the future, books will remain and will always be a part of the conversation at the "new york times." we know there would not be a times book review without all of you. the editors and publishers and writers who devote their time to bringing books, creating books, bringing them to readers. so, i'd like to thank all of you, again, for continuing to tell your stories, so that we can tell ours. thank you. [applause] [applause] >> and now, to present the medal for distinguished contribution to american letters is martin amis. martin is the author of 13 novels. he is the author of the memoir, experience, two collections of short stories and six books nonfiction, including the second plane. he was literary editor of the new statesman and served as the prefer of creative writing at the center for new w
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Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
yesterday, bob and sandy davis in st. louis have been very involved in efforts for adopting children from russia and the ukraine. i talked to a young man this morning, sergei quincy from branson who is 22 who was adopted by the quincys in franson when he was 14, 14, he comes to the united states, doesn't speak any english, starts the ninth grade, learns english, at 22 he's now happily married with a couple of young children, and he's -- he told me, he said that the moment of his adoption was the moment that made his dreams possible. in a bad family situation, institutionalized with his brother and sister in three different orphanages and the moment of his adoption and his brother was adopted by the same family who didn't know about his sister, made this possible. i talked to senator john lamping in missouri who adopted a son who is now 14, who had never gone to school. when he was adopted at eight or nine years old, had never been to school anywhere. i would hope, mr. president, that the senate speaks strongly, that we work as effectively as we can with russian representatives in this cou
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Dec 20, 2012 9:00am EST
by the areas affected by superstorm sandy. we will have live coverage of the senate here on c-span2. the pension benefit guarantee corporation director says without congressional changes the agency will end up with little resources failed improved pension plans or those plans until. he testified before the house education and the workforce subcommittee on pensions yesterday. we will show as much of this as possible into the senate else in at 11. >> -- senate gavels in at 11. >> [inaudible conversations] >> [inaudible conversations] >> [inaudible conversations] >> the subcommittee on health employment labor and pensions peions will come to order. good morning, director, and it'd good to see you again. we appreciate you taking the time to be with us this morningo before we begin i'd like to take a moment to extend my ban condolences to the people of coolences to newtown, connecticut. last week an unspeakable act off people killed 20 innocentdren children and six amazing adultsl change int our country and thehk committee around sandy hook elementary school for ever. as a nation we cont
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Dec 13, 2012 11:00pm EST
hurricane sandy. since the storm hit, we've done very little else. our previous experience probably help peres. we were among the first responders in 9/11 for the small business community in a few years later i was privileged to travel to louisiana and work with marylin when she was confronting hurricane katrina in laying out his strategy or that affair. she has since returned the favor many times over by sharing much information, materials and she also chairs or associations national committee on disaster recovery, working to institutionalize best practices found nationally so we can be even better in the future. the sheer magnitude of the destruction can be overwhelming to small businesses as well as responders. it's hard to know where to begin to determine the steps that will be most project is empty with the feeling of isolation. s.b. d.c. are part of the community for small business people turn because they're familiar with us. the same occurs within the family. after the disaster i had other states reaching out to me with offers of support from personnel and just everything else yo
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of storms struck connecticut. irene and sandy. i toured with him places, seeing in his eyes and in his voice his sense of how individuals and their families are affected by this kind of natural disaster. he is a person of heart and of soul, of big heart and a soul that reaches out to people. so i thank him for his great work, his contribution, his unstinting generosity to the people of our state, connecticut, through all of his years of service in many different positions, in many different ways, in a myriad of places throughout our state and throughout our nation, and i thank my connecticut colleague for dedicating his life to public service. i look forward to being with him if not in this chamber, in many other places around the country, and continuing to admire his great contributions to our country as well as to our state. thank you, senator lieberman. i yield the floor. i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nebraska is recognized. mr. nelson: i ask that the quoru
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